Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From Complete Innovations, Inc., 3163-3164 [2022-01020]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 13 / Thursday, January 20, 2022 / Notices Issued in Washington, DC, on January 13, 2022. Daniel J. Commins, Manager, Technical Writing Section. Petition for Exemption Docket No.: FAA–2021–1055. Petitioner: Swift Air LLC. Sections of 14 CFR Affected: §§ 91.9(a) and (b), 121.153(a), 121.337(b)(9)(iii). Description of Relief Sought: Petitioner is seeking relief from the affected sections in order to transport cargo, subject to the FAA’s conditions, on the floor of the main deck of transport category airplanes, secured to seats or seat tracks, without revenue passengers on board. Petitioner states that due to the reduction in demand for passenger service, it has the capacity to carry cargo, including critical medical cargo, in-cabin and that an exemption would allow it to support COVID–19 response efforts. [FR Doc. 2022–01042 Filed 1–19–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0119] Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From Complete Innovations, Inc. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition; grant of exemption. AGENCY: The FMCSA announces its decision to grant the application of Complete Innovations, Inc. (Complete Innovations) for a limited five-year exemption to allow its Vision 2.0 device to be mounted lower in the windshield on commercial motor vehicles (CMV) than is currently permitted. The Agency has determined that lower placement of the Complete Innovations Vision 2.0 device would not have an adverse impact on safety and that adherence to the terms and conditions of the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety provided by the regulation. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: This exemption is effective January 20, 2022 and ending January 20, 2027. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jose´ R. Cestero, Vehicle and Roadside Operations Division, Office of Carrier, DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Jan 19, 2022 Jkt 256001 Driver, and Vehicle Safety, MC–PSV, (202) 366–5541, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590– 0001. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments submitted to notice requesting public comments on the exemption application, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 366–9317 or (202) 366– 9826 before visiting Docket Operations. The online Federal document management system is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The docket number is listed at the beginning of this notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant exemptions from certain parts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the request. The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(b)) with the reasons for denying or granting the application and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period (up to 5 years) and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)). Complete Innovations’ Application for Exemption Complete Innovations applied for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1) to allow its Vision 2.0 device to be mounted lower in the windshield than is currently permitted to optimize its PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3163 functionality. A copy of the application is included in the docket referenced at the beginning of this notice. In its application, Complete Innovations states that its Vision 2.0 device includes the ability to alert drivers of road signs, distracted driving events, and high-risk driving behavior. Complete Innovations notes that it piloted the devices’ functionality and found that there was no obstruction to the driver’s normal sightlines to the road ahead, highway signs and signals, or any mirrors. The Vision 2.0 device is approximately 61 mm (2.4 inches) tall by 108 mm (4.2 inches) wide, and will be mounted in the approximate center of the windshield with the bottom edge of the housing approximately 204 mm (approximately 8 inches) below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers. The device will be mounted outside the driver’s normal sight lines to the road ahead, signs, signals, and mirrors. This location will allow for optimal functionality of the safety features supported by the Vision 2.0 device. Without the proposed exemption, Complete Innovations states that its clients will not be able to install these devices in an optimal location to maximize their safety features. The exemption would apply to all CMVs equipped with Complete Innovations’ Vision 2.0 device mounted on the windshield. Complete Innovations believes that mounting the Vision 2.0 device as described will maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption. Comments FMCSA published a notice of the application in the Federal Register on August 26, 2021, and asked for public comment (86 FR 47714). The Agency received no comments. FMCSA Decision FMCSA has evaluated the Complete Innovations exemption application. The Vision 2.0 device housing is approximately 2.4 inches tall and is mounted near the top of the center of the windshield, with the bottom of the housing located approximately 8 inches below the top of the area swept by the windshield wipers. The device needs to be mounted in this location for optimal functionality, which would not be achieved by mounting it (1) higher in the windshield, and (2) within 4 inches from the top of the area swept by the windshield wipers to comply with section 393.60(e)(1)(ii)(A). E:\FR\FM\20JAN1.SGM 20JAN1 3164 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 13 / Thursday, January 20, 2022 / Notices lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 The Agency believes that allowing placement of the Vision 2.0 device lower than currently permitted by Agency regulations will likely provide a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption because (1) based on the information available, there is no indication that the Vision 2.0 device would obstruct drivers’ views of the roadway, highway signs and signals, and surrounding traffic; (2) generally, trucks and buses have an elevated seating position that greatly improves the forward visual field of the driver and any impairment of available sight lines would be minimal; and (3) the mounting location where the bottom of the Vision 2.0 device housing does not extend more than 8 inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers outside the driver’s and passenger’s normal sight lines to the road ahead, highway signs and signals, and all mirrors, will be reasonable and enforceable at roadside. In addition, the Agency believes the use of the Vision 2.0 device by fleets is likely to improve the overall level of safety for the motoring public. This action is consistent with the following previously issued Agency actions permitting the placement of similarly-sized devices on CMVs outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC 86 FR 17877 (April 6, 2021), Netradyne, Inc. 85 FR 82575 (Dec 18, 2020), J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. 85 FR 75106 (November 24, 2020), Samsara Networks, Inc. 85 FR 68409 (Oct. 28, 2020), Nauto Inc. 85 FR 64220 (Oct. 9, 2020), Lytx Inc. 85 FR 30121 (May 21, 2020), and Navistar Inc. 84 FR 64952 (Nov. 25, 2019). FMCSA is unaware of any evidence showing that installation of other vehicle safety technologies mounted on the interior of the windshield has resulted in any degradation in safety. Terms and Conditions for the Exemption The Agency hereby grants the exemption for a 5-year period, beginning January 20, 2022 and ending January 20, 2027. During the temporary exemption period, motor carriers are allowed to operate CMVs equipped with Complete Innovations’ Vision 2.0 device in the approximate center of the top of the windshield where the bottom edge of the technology housing is approximately 8 inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, outside of the driver’s and passenger’s normal sight lines to the road ahead, highway signs VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Jan 19, 2022 Jkt 256001 and signals, and all mirrors. The exemption is valid for 5 years unless rescinded earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be rescinded if: (1) Motor carriers and/or commercial motor vehicles fail to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b). Interested parties possessing information that would demonstrate that motor carriers operating CMVs equipped with Complete Innovations’ Vision 2.0 device are not achieving the requisite statutory level of safety should immediately notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any such information and, if safety is being compromised or if continuation of the exemption is not consistent with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), will take immediate steps to revoke the exemption. Preemption In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(d), as implemented by 49 CFR 381.600, during the period this exemption is in effect, no State shall enforce any law or regulation applicable to interstate commerce that conflicts with or is inconsistent with this exemption with respect to a firm or person operating under the exemption. States may, but are not required to, adopt the same exemption with respect to operations in intrastate commerce. Meera Joshi, Deputy Administrator. [FR Doc. 2022–01020 Filed 1–19–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2013–0123; FMCSA– 2014–0104; FMCSA–2014–0385; FMCSA– 2016–0003; FMCSA–2017–0057; FMCSA– 2017–0058; FMCSA–2018–0139; FMCSA– 2019–0011; FMCSA–2019–0112] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 17 individuals from the hearing SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: Each group of renewed exemptions were applicable on the dates stated in the discussions below and will expire on the dates provided below. Comments must be received on or before February 22, 2022. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA–2013–0123, Docket No. FMCSA–2014–0104, Docket No. FMCSA–2014–0385, Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0003, Docket No. FMCSA–2017–0057, Docket No. FMCSA–2017–0058, Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0139, Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0011, or Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0112 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/, insert the docket number, FMCSA–2013–0123, FMCSA– 2014–0104, FMCSA–2014–0385, FMCSA–2016–0003, FMCSA–2017– 0057, FMCSA–2017–0058, FMCSA– 2018–0139, FMCSA–2019–0011, or FMCSA–2019–0112 in the keyword box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, sort the results by ‘‘Posted (Newer-Older),’’ choose the first notice listed, and click on the ‘‘Comment’’ button. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Dockets Operations; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. See the ‘‘Public Participation’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for instructions on submitting comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, (202) 366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, DOT, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W64–224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, E:\FR\FM\20JAN1.SGM 20JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 13 (Thursday, January 20, 2022)]
[Notices]
[Pages 3163-3164]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-01020]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2021-0119]


Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application 
for an Exemption From Complete Innovations, Inc.

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of final disposition; grant of exemption.

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SUMMARY: The FMCSA announces its decision to grant the application of 
Complete Innovations, Inc. (Complete Innovations) for a limited five-
year exemption to allow its Vision 2.0 device to be mounted lower in 
the windshield on commercial motor vehicles (CMV) than is currently 
permitted. The Agency has determined that lower placement of the 
Complete Innovations Vision 2.0 device would not have an adverse impact 
on safety and that adherence to the terms and conditions of the 
exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or 
greater than, the level of safety provided by the regulation.

DATES: This exemption is effective January 20, 2022 and ending January 
20, 2027.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jos[eacute] R. Cestero, Vehicle 
and Roadside Operations Division, Office of Carrier, Driver, and 
Vehicle Safety, MC-PSV, (202) 366-5541, Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments submitted to notice requesting public comments on the 
exemption application, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit 
Room W12-140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays. To be sure someone is there to 
help you, please call (202) 366-9317 or (202) 366-9826 before visiting 
Docket Operations. The online Federal document management system is 
available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The docket number is listed 
at the beginning of this notice.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant 
exemptions from certain parts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations (FMCSRs). FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption 
request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must 
provide the public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant 
to the application, including any safety analyses that have been 
conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public 
comment on the request.
    The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted 
and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a 
level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be 
achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of 
the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 
381.315(b)) with the reasons for denying or granting the application 
and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving 
the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is 
granted. The notice must also specify the effective period (up to 5 
years) and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The 
exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)).

Complete Innovations' Application for Exemption

    Complete Innovations applied for an exemption from 49 CFR 
393.60(e)(1) to allow its Vision 2.0 device to be mounted lower in the 
windshield than is currently permitted to optimize its functionality. A 
copy of the application is included in the docket referenced at the 
beginning of this notice.
    In its application, Complete Innovations states that its Vision 2.0 
device includes the ability to alert drivers of road signs, distracted 
driving events, and high-risk driving behavior. Complete Innovations 
notes that it piloted the devices' functionality and found that there 
was no obstruction to the driver's normal sightlines to the road ahead, 
highway signs and signals, or any mirrors.
    The Vision 2.0 device is approximately 61 mm (2.4 inches) tall by 
108 mm (4.2 inches) wide, and will be mounted in the approximate center 
of the windshield with the bottom edge of the housing approximately 204 
mm (approximately 8 inches) below the upper edge of the area swept by 
the windshield wipers. The device will be mounted outside the driver's 
normal sight lines to the road ahead, signs, signals, and mirrors. This 
location will allow for optimal functionality of the safety features 
supported by the Vision 2.0 device.
    Without the proposed exemption, Complete Innovations states that 
its clients will not be able to install these devices in an optimal 
location to maximize their safety features. The exemption would apply 
to all CMVs equipped with Complete Innovations' Vision 2.0 device 
mounted on the windshield. Complete Innovations believes that mounting 
the Vision 2.0 device as described will maintain a level of safety that 
is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without 
the exemption.

Comments

    FMCSA published a notice of the application in the Federal Register 
on August 26, 2021, and asked for public comment (86 FR 47714). The 
Agency received no comments.

FMCSA Decision

    FMCSA has evaluated the Complete Innovations exemption application. 
The Vision 2.0 device housing is approximately 2.4 inches tall and is 
mounted near the top of the center of the windshield, with the bottom 
of the housing located approximately 8 inches below the top of the area 
swept by the windshield wipers. The device needs to be mounted in this 
location for optimal functionality, which would not be achieved by 
mounting it (1) higher in the windshield, and (2) within 4 inches from 
the top of the area swept by the windshield wipers to comply with 
section 393.60(e)(1)(ii)(A).

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    The Agency believes that allowing placement of the Vision 2.0 
device lower than currently permitted by Agency regulations will likely 
provide a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the 
level of safety achieved without the exemption because (1) based on the 
information available, there is no indication that the Vision 2.0 
device would obstruct drivers' views of the roadway, highway signs and 
signals, and surrounding traffic; (2) generally, trucks and buses have 
an elevated seating position that greatly improves the forward visual 
field of the driver and any impairment of available sight lines would 
be minimal; and (3) the mounting location where the bottom of the 
Vision 2.0 device housing does not extend more than 8 inches below the 
upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers outside the 
driver's and passenger's normal sight lines to the road ahead, highway 
signs and signals, and all mirrors, will be reasonable and enforceable 
at roadside. In addition, the Agency believes the use of the Vision 2.0 
device by fleets is likely to improve the overall level of safety for 
the motoring public.
    This action is consistent with the following previously issued 
Agency actions permitting the placement of similarly-sized devices on 
CMVs outside the driver's sight lines to the road and highway signs and 
signals: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC 86 FR 17877 (April 6, 
2021), Netradyne, Inc. 85 FR 82575 (Dec 18, 2020), J.J. Keller & 
Associates, Inc. 85 FR 75106 (November 24, 2020), Samsara Networks, 
Inc. 85 FR 68409 (Oct. 28, 2020), Nauto Inc. 85 FR 64220 (Oct. 9, 
2020), Lytx Inc. 85 FR 30121 (May 21, 2020), and Navistar Inc. 84 FR 
64952 (Nov. 25, 2019). FMCSA is unaware of any evidence showing that 
installation of other vehicle safety technologies mounted on the 
interior of the windshield has resulted in any degradation in safety.

Terms and Conditions for the Exemption

    The Agency hereby grants the exemption for a 5-year period, 
beginning January 20, 2022 and ending January 20, 2027. During the 
temporary exemption period, motor carriers are allowed to operate CMVs 
equipped with Complete Innovations' Vision 2.0 device in the 
approximate center of the top of the windshield where the bottom edge 
of the technology housing is approximately 8 inches below the upper 
edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, outside of the 
driver's and passenger's normal sight lines to the road ahead, highway 
signs and signals, and all mirrors. The exemption is valid for 5 years 
unless rescinded earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be rescinded if: 
(1) Motor carriers and/or commercial motor vehicles fail to comply with 
the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has 
resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was 
granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent 
with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b).
    Interested parties possessing information that would demonstrate 
that motor carriers operating CMVs equipped with Complete Innovations' 
Vision 2.0 device are not achieving the requisite statutory level of 
safety should immediately notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any 
such information and, if safety is being compromised or if continuation 
of the exemption is not consistent with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315(b), will take immediate steps to revoke the exemption.

Preemption

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(d), as implemented by 49 CFR 
381.600, during the period this exemption is in effect, no State shall 
enforce any law or regulation applicable to interstate commerce that 
conflicts with or is inconsistent with this exemption with respect to a 
firm or person operating under the exemption. States may, but are not 
required to, adopt the same exemption with respect to operations in 
intrastate commerce.

Meera Joshi,
Deputy Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2022-01020 Filed 1-19-22; 8:45 am]
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